EUWID: The markets for pulp and paper in focus



Metsä Tissue reduces production due to lack of RCP

19 Oct 2021 − Metsä Tissue is temporarily curtailing production of recycled tissue at its Katrinefros mill in Mariestad, Sweden, due to lack of high-quality recovered fibre.» more

UPM divests former Chapelle Darblay newsprint mill

18 Oct 2021 − Samfi and Paprec will reportedly create 250 jobs at the recycling and power generation site.» more

Graphic Packaging gets green light to acquire AR Packaging

15 Oct 2021 − CVC Capital will part with its investment in AR Packaging after five years. » more


Caustic soda producers target strong price hikes to pass on rising costs

15 Oct 2021 − Following a price hike for thrid-quarter deliveries, caustic soda manufacturers announced another price hike for deliveries as of October.» more

Recycled containerboard producers to charge higher prices in autumn

14 Oct 2021 − Higher prices are announnced for deliveries as of mid-October or start of November due to rising costs of energy, chemicals and logistics. » more

BID Group to partner with Georgia-Pacific to modernize Pineland, Texas lumber complex

BID Group has received an order from Georgia-Pacific to deliver a new sawmill at its Pineland, Texas operation which will replace the existing stud mill. The investment will also include the addition of new debarking, log processing line, a continuous dry kiln, and a new high-speed planer. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full startup services for the project.

The new operation will incorporate BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including
equipment, software, automation systems, and AI-enabled optimization. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this turnkey project.

Work on site will begin early in 2022 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for the 4Q 2022.

BID Group is one of the largest integrated suppliers to the wood processing industry, and the North American leader in the field.

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Andritz receives order for disc filter rebuild from SCA Pulp in Sweden

Andritz has received an order from SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) to rebuild a disc filter at their pulp mill in Ortviken, Sundsvall, Sweden.

After the rebuild, the production capacity of the disc filter (originally supplied by Andritz ) will be tripled to 900 bdmt/d, and the filtrate flow will be increased to a maximum of 130,000 l/min. The refurbished disc filter will ensure the requested throughput at different beating degree levels, ranging from 300 to 700 CSF, for the production of various high-quality pulp grades. Start-up is scheduled for the 4Q 2022.

Andritz has developed a new filter bag solution able to handle beating degrees above 600 CSF. The new development was tested on a full-size disc filter during a 3-day trial at the Andritz pilot plant in Graz, Austria. This was the first time that a single disc filter could be operated at such a wide CSF range.

The disc filter rebuild order is part of SCA’s ongoing project to transform the existing TMP (thermo-mechanical pulp) line at the Ortviken site into a CTMP (chemo-thermo-mechanical pulp) plant with an annual capacity of 300,000 tons per year.

SCA Pulp is part of the SCA Group, Europe’s largest private forest owner, which offers packaging material, pulp, wood products, and renewable energy. The SCA Pulp facility at Ortviken, Sundsvall is expected to be operational by the beginning of 2023.

Andritz Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue.

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AFT starts up new POM approach flow system at Stora Enso Oulu

AFT is pleased to announce the successful start-up of a new POM® approach flow system at Stora Enso Oulu on the recently converted and commissioned board machine 7. The machine is now producing a high quality kraftliner called AvantForte™ by Stora Enso in both brown and white top. The kraftliner product has three layers of fiber to feature the strongest in the Stora Enso kraftliner portfolio, an essential element for e-commerce and food packaging.
The new wet end from AFT includes a complete POM approach flow system for all 3 layers including headbox screening, POMix stock processors to feed the paper machine, POMp degassers for air removal, a POMlock drop leg and a cleaning system. Basic engineering and mill site services were included as part of AFT’s offerings.
Compared to traditional systems with silos and tanks, the compact POM system runs efficiently with less water, energy and few web breaks. This is helping to enhance the environmental performance of board machine 7, while providing fast grade changes, process stability and sheet cleanliness.
Despite challenges from the pandemic, installation and start-up of the POM system were completed on time, helping the overall machine conversion and environmental projects to proceed ahead of plan.
“AFT is proud to have been selected for this project following similar successful installations at other Stora Enso mills”, says Timo Koivisto, Vice President – Process and Equipment Solutions. “We strive to deliver innovative technologies that help our customers produce high quality products in a sustainable way.”
AFT is a global supplier specialized in stock preparation, screening, refining and paper machine approach flow systems. With over 100 years of experience, we offer expert solutions that help mills produce more while using less energy, water and chemicals. Our solutions are tailored to the customer’s furnish, their application and the end product being produced in order to optimize their return on investment. For more information, please contact us at

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Solenis to Increase Prices Across All Product Lines in the Americas

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by 15 to 20 percent across all product lines in North America and Latin America, effective October 15, or as customer contracts allow.

These price increases are necessary due to unprecedented supply chain constraints and increasing costs for raw materials, transportation and packaging.

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RMR Mechanical acquires George H. Bodman, Inc.

RMR Mechanical is excited to announce the acquisition of George H. Bodman, Inc. as of Thursday, September 23, 2021. Going forward, the consulting entity will be known as Bodman Services LLC, a subsidiary of RMR Mechanical. Bodman Services LLC is a reputed industry leader in their field with over 34 years of experience offering a full range of consulting services for chemical/vapor phase/mechanical cleaning applications. The acquisition has brought another area of expertise to current and future customers of both RMR Mechanical and Bodman Services as the enhanced business plan aligns perfectly with RMR Mechanical’s target market within the pulp & paper, utility and process industries.

Going forward, RMR Mechanical can offer boiler chemical cleaning as a stand-alone consulting service or enhanced service that can include mechanical preparation, subcontracting chemical cleaning services and other services to support the boiler cleaning operation in one contract. On projects where RMR Mechanical is onsite for mechanical work, this service mix can be combined into a single contract for the outage, simplifying the contractual management of the project for mill or plant personnel.

RMR Mechanical remains an industry leader as an industrial boiler and mechanical contractor. Industry analysts believe that this acquisition will lead to enhanced credibility for RMR Mechanical as the company will boast special expertise in boiler maintenance, repair and retrofits as well as expertise in chemical/mechanical cleaning consulting services.

Contract RMR at or call 770-205-9646.

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Valmet to supply key board machine technology to Zhejiang Forest United Paper in China

Valmet will supply key board machine technology to Zhejiang Forest United Paper in Taizhou in the province of Zhejiang in China. The key technology will be installed in a new container board machine (PM6). The start-up is scheduled for 2023.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10 million.

“Valmet offered us state-of the-art technical solutions, and we wanted to purchase their proven key technologies to meet our targets. We are especially eager to see the new type of air dryer being used in practice,” says Lin Qiqun, Chairman of Zhejiang Forest United Paper.

A completely new type of an air dryer, OptiDry Coat double-pass, will be delivered to Zhejiang Forest United Paper.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include four OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, an IntelliFormer top forming unit, four OptiCoat Roll coating heads with roll application and a large quantity of OptiDry Coat air dryer units. One of the air dryers is a completely new of its kind, OptiDry Coat double-pass, which combines three dryers in one compact unit, and gives high coating and printing quality, as well as optimized energy-efficiency and runnability. The delivery will also include Valmet DNA machine control system for the coating section and spare parts and consumables packages.

6,300-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce white lined chipboard grades with a basis weight range of 180-350 g/m2. The mechanical design speed for the new parts will be 1,000 m/min and daily capacity over 1,800 tonnes.

About the customer Zhejiang Forest United Paper

Zhejiang Forest United Paper is a subsidiary of Forest Packaging Group, which was established in 1998 with a registered capital of 150 million and about 1,800 employees. Forest Packaging Group is a high-tech enterprise engaged in the research and development, production and sales of packaging paper grades, corrugated cardboard, corrugated boxes and other products. The company’s products are widely used in packaging manufacturing and industrial and consumer product packaging.

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Valmet to supply complete tissue production line to Arkhbum Tissue’s mill in Russia

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line including stock preparation, automation system and a Focus rewinder to Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC. The new Advantage DCT 200 tissue line will be installed at the company’s mill in Vorsino industrial park, Kaluga region in Russia. The start-up is planned for the 1Q 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around Euro 20-40 million.

The new tissue production line from Valmet is part of Arkhbum Tissue Group’s development project aimed at reaching a total capacity of 210 thousand tons of high-quality tissue and towel products made from own pulp.

The new tissue machine TM2 will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. It will add 70.000 tons a year of high-quality napkin, toilet, and towel grades to Arkhbum’s current production. The raw material to be used in the tissue production will be virgin fiber from the owner’s own pulp mill. The new production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.

Project execution services like complete engineering, shipping, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.

Arkhbum Tissue Group is a subsidiary of Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill (APPM) that is part of Austrian Pulp Mill Holding Gmbh. APPM is one of the European leaders in containerboard and pulp production.

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Allnorth teams up with Sheppard Engineering

ATLANTA (News release) — Allnorth Americas LLC (Allnorth) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sheppard Engineering, LLC, (Sheppard Engineering), a full-service engineering consulting firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia. The agreement is effective October 1, 2021.

Like Allnorth, Sheppard Engineering works collaboratively to build custom engineering solutions that address clients’ specific requirements and priorities. With recurring business from its many long-standing client relationships, Sheppard Engineering brings new opportunities to Allnorth in industries it does not widely serve at present, such chemical and petro-chemical, food and beverage, as well as water and wastewater treatment.

“We are excited to join forces with a group of like-minded engineering professionals to jointly build on past successes in servicing a broad spectrum of clients across a variety of industries.”, says Darby Kreitz, CEO of Allnorth Consultants Limited. “Our Allnorth Americas office has traditionally provided services to the forest products industry, mostly within the pulp and paper sector. Given there isn’t tremendous client overlap in forest products, an industry we both serve, we expect to see additional opportunities there as well.”

According to Preston Sheppard, CEO of Sheppard Engineering, “This union provides a solid future and additional growth opportunities for the Sheppard team, many of whom have been with the company since its inception over 20 years ago. In addition to offering succession planning support, this alliance allows us to apply our considerable expertise to building client solutions in new sectors, such as mining, infrastructure and oil and gas, and within new geographic markets across North America and into Europe”. Allnorth sees tremendous value here for our mutual clients with Preston Sheppard bringing more than 30 years of industrial engineering experience and two decades of engineering and consulting services to the industrial sector.

Preston will continue to lead project and engineering efforts as well as maintain client relationships. He will collaborate with Jay Miele, VP Allnorth Americas, in the integration of the Sheppard team into Allnorth Americas while ensuring continuity of existing projects and addressing client needs. The integrated team will be based out of the Allnorth Americas Atlanta office in Alpharetta GA.

For more information, please contact Darby Kreitz, at


Allnorth is a privately held, multi-disciplinary engineering and construction services consulting company established in 1995. We bring smart and practical project solutions to clients in the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper sectors.

With a team of nearly 600 across North America, projects around the globe, and expertise that spans decades. We are passionate about serving you and are big enough to know how, and small enough to know you.

Offering a single point of contact, our specialists take a holistic approach, keeping our clients’ ultimate business goals in mind to bring clarity and insight to complex projects. Known for our collaboration and technical expertise in moving projects from concept to reality, we partner with clients to develop purpose-built plans and execute efficient and sustainable solutions. ​


Sheppard Engineering is a full-service engineering firm that for 20 years has provided personalized engineering services that enable clients to achieve the diverse technical and economic goals of their projects. Sheppard professionals are involved throughout a client’s project by providing project management, on-site engineering and support, construction management, project support, and PHA-facilitation services. Working alongside clients, the Sheppard team devises custom engineering solutions that address their unique operational, budgeting and scheduling requirements.

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